To support life-changing free legal services for veterans, the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center (CVLC) is proud to announce grant partnerships with the American Bar Endowment (ABE), the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF), the Fairfield County Community Foundation (FCCF), and the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation.
CVLC has received grants from The Bob Woodruff Foundation and the Fairfield County Community Foundation in support of CVLC’s Removing Legal Barriers program, a medical-legal partnership pairing legal representation with emergency support services, social services, and mental health care to successfully move veterans from homelessness to financial and housing security.
CVLC received an Opportunity Grant from the American Bar Endowment to create training videos so that CVLC can expand our pro bono network in Connecticut and across the country. CVLC also received a Project Innovation Grant from the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation to help create more inclusive eligibility policies for veterans seeking mental healthcare by empowering veterans who have been denied benefits to tell their stories about the harmful impacts of exclusionary policy. These grants support CVLC’s Veteran Inclusion Project, an advocacy program to reduce the number of veterans who are unjustly barred from mental healthcare, disability benefits, and supportive services.
For every dollar put into our programs, CVLC now generates approximately $20 in tangible benefits for our veteran clients. In the last decade, CVLC has helped over 3,000 veterans, secured more than $80 million in veteran benefits and other income, and more than $50 million in healthcare benefits for veterans. These grant partnerships totaling $240,000 will provide the resources necessary to continue our life-changing legal work to protect our most vulnerable veterans during this global crisis.
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